Definition of spillikin in English:



  • 1[treated as singular] A game played with a heap of small rods of wood, bone, or plastic, in which players try to remove one at a time without disturbing the others.

    • ‘Playing spillikins is a suitable occupation for the very young, indoors.’
    • ‘We sailed east on a floating palace that offered myriad activities, such as mumblety-peg, spillikins and ring-a-levio.’
    • ‘Clearing the objects from the Antechamber was like playing a gigantic game of spillikins.’
  • 2A splinter or fragment.

    • ‘‘He went through it with the meat-axe,’ said John; ‘It's all in spillikins in the back garden.’’
    piece, bit, particle, speck
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Mid 18th century: from spill + -kin.